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Proclamatio Graeca - Hermeneutical Key

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In the Diaspora setting of the Alexandrian Jews, the translation of the Laws of Moses into Greek was a major revelatory event. Philo testifies to such an understanding in his interpretation of this event in Mos. 2:25-44. Philo develops here a perspective of national and universal revelatory history. Philo expresses here a common view held by Jews in the Diaspora as weIl as in Palestine. To Philo, therefore, the Septuagint translation has a theological and ideological importance. Goodenough believes that when Philo says the Laws of Moses are a picture, or copy, he gives them a secondary status relative to the higher law. Within Philo's two- or three-level hermeneutical perspective there is room for various emphases. Moreover, Philo may deal with concrete and specific human experiences and events, at times seen together with biblical examples.

Keywords: Alexandrian Jews; Diaspora; hermeneutical perspective; Palestine; Septuagint translation



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